Sidmouth councillor hits the airwaves

WACKY Sidmouth councillor turned DJ Stuart Hughes got in the Folk Week spirit on Tuesday.

The town, county and district representative’s Bay FM radio shows have been picking up listeners not only in East Devon but in Europe- and he’s been keen to promote the flagship summer event.

Stuart fronts a 60’s and 70’s ‘jukebox’ show on Sunday afternoons from 2pm to 4pm, and this week launched a Tuesday ‘soul and motown’ spot from 10pm to midnight.

“It’s a bit of a wacky show, I have my very own Vuvuzela’s and this week I had my morris bells and handkerchief to celebrate Folk Week- the studio is fitted with a webcam,” said Stuart.

Community station Bay FM is currently waiting for Ofcom to grant it an FM license after trial broadcasts proved a success.

Its’ online service is broadcast worldwide and can be tuned into by Sidmouth residents.

Stuart said he’d received requests from Scotland and Sweden.

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“It’s really exciting that Sidmouth is served by a community radio station,” said Stuart, “I did radio work in the 70’s when we had quarter inch tape, turntables and cartridge players, it is so much easier now,” he added.

“I can take requests, so if anyone has relatives living abroad they can send their messages and vice versa.”

E-mail requests to Stuart at or while on air at Tune in at